Press release


18/03/2015
PROTEOS INVOLVED IN THE FP7 MARIE CURIE PROGRAM “MICROSMETICS”
MICROSMETICS
PROTEOS
INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA JOIN FORCES FOR THE EXPLOITATION OF MICROBIAL BIODIVERSITY FOR PRODUCING NOVEL COSMECEUTICALS.
 
MICROSMETICS is the acronym of a research project that European industrial and academic partners are joining forces, under the financial support of EU, for the discovery and development of innovative cosmeceutical agents originating from microorganisms. The consortium, under the coordination of the University of Athens, consists of four academic and four industrial partners from Greece, France and Spain that are leaders in their respective fields:
• Academic partners: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), CNRS (France), Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne (France) and Fundación MEDINA (Spain).
• Industrial partners: Lavipharm (Greece), Soliance (France), Chemotargets SL (Spain) and Proteos Biotech (Spain).
The duration of the project is four years and has a total budget of 2.2 M€.
The scientific concept of MICROSMETICS involves the discovery and development of novel natural products with anti-aging activity originating from global microbial biodiversity. The project is integrating emerging technologies in the field of biotechnology, natural products chemistry and applied microbiology, and incorporates successfully in silico screening tools, high-throughput screening platforms, state-of-the-art technologies for isolation and identification of active ingredients as well as innovative formulations methods.
In more details, existing culture collections are being exploited, incorporating modern high-throughput platforms (in silico & in vitro) for the rational and targeted selection of the most promising strains. Advanced analytical approaches and techniques will be applied for the efficient, accelerated and advantageous isolation and identification of natural constituents as well as the quality assessment of the lead products. A broad spectrum of bioassays and novel analytical approaches will be incorporated for the evaluation of anti-aging activity (more specifically anti-oxidant, skin-protecting, and skin-whitening) of all derived products. Attention will be given to the selection and optimization of fermentation technologies used for the production of final lead products to ensure sustainability. Within this frame, core scientific knowledge and lead compounds for further development are expected to be produced creating valuable synergies.
The abovementioned objectives will be implemented through an extended and balanced scheme of researchers' exchanges and recruitments, in both directions and via a mutual scientific project developed on the needs and interests of both industrial and academic sectors, exploiting the existing complimentary expertise. Expertise will be transferred to young and senior researchers under training environments with different dynamics and orientation where other skills are required.
Overall MICROSMETICS aspires to comprise a successful model of an efficient, long-lasting collaboration between Industry and Academia for sustainable exploitation of existing know-how and produced knowledge.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT: “This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 612276”.
 
 
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